Jordan R. Fischbach

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Codirector, RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center; Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.A. in history, Columbia University

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Jordan Fischbach is a codirector of the RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center, a policy researcher at RAND, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on climate change adaptation, risk analysis, infrastructure planning, and developing and applying exploratory modeling and robust decision methods to better manage long-term uncertainty. He recently led a two-year storm surge and damage assessment for Louisiana's 2012 Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, for which he was awarded a RAND President's Choice Award. In 2011-2012, Fischbach co-led RAND's scenario analysis and portfolio evaluation contributions to the Colorado River Water Supply and Demand Study, supported by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and seven Colorado River Basin States. He is also currently working with the Environmental Protection Agency to better incorporate robustness against climate change and other deep uncertainties into its future water quality planning. Fischbach earned a B.A. in history from Columbia University in 2001 and a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School in 2010, where he was awarded the Herbert Goldhamer Memorial Award.

Recent Projects

  • Using RDM to Manage Climate and Other Uncertainties in EPA's National Water Program
  • Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Management Tools for Climate Change: Assessing Potential Impacts and Identifying Adaptation Options
  • Applying the Coastal Louisiana Risk Assessment (CLARA) Model to Support Louisiana's 2012 Coastal Master Plan
  • Decision Making under Uncertainty in the Colorado River Basin
  • Reducing New Orleans Storm-Surge Flood Risk in an Uncertain Future

Honors & Awards

  • President's Choice Award, RAND Corporation
  • Merit Bonus Award (Silver), RAND Corporation
  • Herbert Goldhamer Memorial Award, Pardee RAND Graduate School


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    In Brief: Jordan R. Fischbach on Adapting to Climate Change on the Coast

    Jordan Fischbach discusses how RAND helped Louisiana develop its 2012 Coastal Master Plan and key lessons that can make other communities more resilient in the face of natural disasters.

    Feb 6, 2013

  • Navajo Bridge over Colorado River

    New Colorado River Basin Study Examines Tremendous Challenges of the Coming 50 Years

    Growing water needs combined with uncertain but possibly deteriorating future hydrologic conditions could stress the Colorado River system in the coming 50 years.

    Dec 18, 2012

  • Morris Canal Park in New York City with portions flooded by Sandy's storm surge, at high tide.

    What Louisiana Can Teach New York and New Jersey

    The massive damage and disruption caused by “Super Storm” Sandy has created a rare moment when New York City, New Jersey and surrounding areas are singularly focused on the infrastructure they need in a changing environment – not just the infrastructure they already have thanks to the vision and investments of past generations.

    Nov 8, 2012 | CNN

  • Aerial photos of New Jersey coastline in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

    In Wake of Hurricane Sandy, Look to Louisiana for Lessons

    Just as public agencies across the country conducted terrorism risk assessments in the wake of 9/11, a comprehensive infrastructure assessment may be in order to understand natural hazard risks and the potential exacerbating effects of climate change, write Gary Cecchine, David Groves, and Jordan Fischbach.

    Nov 1, 2012 |

  • USACE New Orleans District Mississippi River Tie-In

    Has the Gulf Coast Learned Katrina's Lessons in Time for Isaac?

    Seven years after Hurricane Katrina, it's clear that New Orleans and other cities along the Gulf Coast are applying what they learned then in preparation for Hurricane Isaac, write Gary Cecchine and Jordan R. Fischbach.

    Aug 29, 2012 | U.S. News & World Report